SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — We have the latest in a case that captured national attention, the three-month manhunt for Shawn Christy from McAdoo.
It all began after Christy allegedly threatened to kill President Trump and other public officials. Day Five of his federal trial saw the prosecution rest its case and Christy start his defense.
High drama in Courtroom Number One of the federal courthouse in Scranton Friday when Christy came face-to-face with Dakota Meyer from Kentucky. Christy allegedly broke into Meyer’s Kentucky home in August 2018 and stole a vehicle and a rifle.
But Meyer’s appearance is very different than other prosecution witnesses. Meyer was once married to Bristol Palin, the daughter of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In 2011, Christy pleaded guilty to a federal harassment charge after making dozens of calls to an attorney in Alaska who represented the Palin family.
“I had never heard of Shawn Christy Through my ex-wife and ex-mother-in-law I heard about their situation. They dealt with Shawn Christy. I’d never met the person face-to-face until today,” Meyer said.
Meyer told the jury he feared for the safety of his one and two-year-old daughters and his ex-wife after and even hired armed security to protect his family.
“You take this man coming after, threatening my daughters, threatening my ex-wife, was threatening my family, and he showed up and broke into my house,” Meyer said.
Christy and Meyer had some tense exchanges during cross-examination. Christy insisting he never threatened Meyer or his family, but rather Meyer threatened him.
“I have the utmost empathy for this man. Not only do we have to live with what he’s put on us. But I couldn’t imagine living with what’s in his head and what he believes. And to live in a world where you question everything as much as he does, I have the utmost empathy for him and I hope he gets the help that he needs,” Meyer said.
Christy’s father responded to Meyer’s testimony outside the federal courthouse.
“Well you know it’s interesting, I mean has there ever been a threat against Dakota Meyer from Shawn? No! A lot of bad blood, lot of bad feelings. They were Facebook friends,” Craig Christy said.
Craig Christy was one of the witnesses called to the stand by his son. Shawn began his defense Friday afternoon. He’s representing himself.
The jury could get the case on Monday.